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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Rick Scott said Thursday he knows what it’s like to be purged from voter rolls because it’s happened to him in the past.

In a radio interview Thursday morning, Scott said he had to cast a provisional ballot because election officials thought he was dead in 2006.

A provisional ballot is given to those who show up at the polls, but are not listed as a registered voter.

Collier County officials confirmed to the Associated Press that Scott cast provisional ballots in two elections in 2006.

Scott has been barnstorming cable television news and radio shows trying to defend his planned purge of thousands of voters who his administration have determined are “non-citizens.”

All 67 supervisors of elections in the state of Florida have banded together to say they will not continue the voter roll purge without more accurate information.

The Department of Justice has sued to halt the purge, while the state of Florida has sued the Department of Homeland Security to get access to a federal database to try to determine the citizenship of Florida voters.

Both cases are headed to federal court and a decision isn’t likely before the 2012 elections in August and November.

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